For those who use MobileMe for various services, including storing documents, pictures and find my iPhone service, an announcement at WWDC 2011, raised some questions. It was announced the iCloud is coming and MobileMe is going.
First, what do you do if you have a MobileMe account? If you have an active account, your service is automatically extended through June 30, 2012 at no additional charge. This fall, when iCloud rolls out, if you sign up, you will be able to keep your me.com or mac.com email addresses and move your MobileMe mail, contacts, calendars, and bookmarks to the new service. More details on how to make the move will be announced in the fall.
Second, if you are not interested in continuing with MobileMe, can you get a refund? If you are eligible, yes…read the details here and you will need to provide certain proof to Apple.
Third, what is iCloud and how do I get it?
The service is supposed to start in the Fall. According to Apple, iCloud stores your digital files and information (music, photos, apps, calendars, documents and more). Through the service, your devices can share information. You are supposed to have instant access to your music, apps, photos and more from any of your devices and computers. No syncing or management is required.
When you sign up, you automatically get 5GB of free storage. The way iCloud is supposed to store information, your purchased music, apps, books and photo stream do not count against the free storage. However, your mail, documents, camera roll, account information, settings and app data do. But, according to Apple, because that information does not take up as much room, your 5GB will go further.
Last, what Apps will use iCloud?
When you update to iOS5 (not currently available), certain Apple Apps and the content become seamlessly integrated with iCloud. That means each device will have access to the most recent data, files and information that you create on any other device. In terms of everyday use, you will be able to view and edit the same up to date document on which ever device you are using. With Photo Stream, you can take a picture on your iPhone, then, it will be available for you on your iPad or computer. Your content will be stored and backed up wherever you are.
In the end, it seems an ambitious project and I hope that it will work as seamlessly as described. Read more about what iCloud is and what the features are.